In an unannounced exercise rogue Seals took over the USS Nevada SSBN 733, a Trident ballistic missile submarine, while tied up to the pier at the Bangor Trident submarine base at Silverdale, Washington in the early morning hours on January 22nd.
According to Navy officials the takeover was short lived. The Seals were quickly driven topside and off the ship by quick acting members of the ship's security detail.
|Photo: Courtesy of U.S. Navy|
The seals went undetected by the Marine Mammal Base Protection Detail that was patrolling Hood Canal at the time of the incursion. Members of the detail were questioned about their whereabouts during the incursion, and all denied having been drinking on the job. They were, however, observed feasting on shrimp earlier in the morning by fishermen working nearby. They also denied any prior contact with the rogue seal team.
|Rogue Seal in custody (Navy file photo)|
The spokesperson denied that the Navy was considering consulting with any of the members of the Disarm Now Plowshares regarding security improvements on the base.
Editor's Note: Thanks to comic co-conspirator Shelley Douglass for giving me this idea AND for much of the content! The Navy actually has a Swimmer Interdiction System staffed by ever capable marine mammals (dolphins and sea lions) to apprehend any pesky terrorists who might try to swim undetected to do some sort of mischief to our nation's Strategic Nuclear Deterrent.